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A MEMORIAL DAY THOUGHT - A POEM WORTH READING


Marty Roth

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Please take a moment to thank those who have passed, those who have served our great country, and those who continue to serve.

Among all others, I honor my Dad, Albert Roth who served with the U.S. Navy, Seabees, 6th Special Battallion from their inception in January, 1943 - for the duration of WWII in the Pacific Theater.

MARTY ROTH

DIRECTOR & VP-MEMBERSHIP

AACA

A long poem, but one worth reading:

A Poem Worth Reading

He was getting old and paunchy

And his hair was falling fast,

And he sat around the Legion

Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in

And the deeds that he had done,

In his exploits with his buddies;

They were heroes, every one.

And 'tho sometimes to his neighbors

His tales became a joke,

All his buddies listened quietly

For they knew whereof he spoke.

But we'll hear his tales no longer,

For ol' Joe has passed away,

And the world's a little poorer

For a Soldier died today.

He won't be mourned by many,

Just his children and his wife.

For he lived an ordinary,

Very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family,

Going quietly on his way;

And the world won't note his passing,

Tho a Soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth,

Their bodies lie in state,

While thousands note their passing

And proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories

From the time that they were young,

But the passing of a Soldier

Goes unnoticed and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution

To the welfare of our land,

Some jerk who breaks his promise

And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow

Who in times of war and strife,

Goes off to serve his country

And offers up his life?

The politician's stipend

And the style in which he lives,

Are often disproportionate,

To the service that he gives.

While the ordinary Soldier,

Who offered up his all,

Is paid off with a medal

And perhaps a pension, small.

It is not the politicians

With their compromise and ploys,

Who won for us the freedom

That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,

With your enemies at hand,

Would you really want some cop-out,

With his ever waffling stand?

Or would you want a Soldier

His home, his country, his kin,

Just a common Soldier,

Who would fight until the end.

He was just a common Soldier,

And his ranks are growing thin,

But his presence should remind us

We may need his likes again.

For when countries are in conflict,

We find the Soldier's part

Is to clean up all the troubles

That the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor

While he's here to hear the praise,

Then at least let's give him homage

At the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline

In the paper that might say:

"OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,

A SOLDIER DIED TODAY."

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Thanks Dave,

Great background on a great area of service, especially the final paragraphs:

With a primary mission of providing continuing construction in a war zone, the Seabees are ready to deploy on short notice to any point on the globe. Upon arrival, they work night and day.

Seabees also conduct humanitarian missions worldwide, including earthquake and hurricane recovery efforts in the United States. And it all began here … in Davisville, Rhode Island.

The true spirit of the Seabees is their "Can Do" philosophy. It’s a timeless belief representing Seabees past, present, and future. We invite you to tour our site and visit the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park in North Kingstown, Rhode Island..

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"WITH WILLING HEARTS AND SKILLFUL HANDS,

THE DIFFICULT WE DO AT ONCE,

THE IMPOSSIBLE TAKES A BIT LONGER

WITH COMPASSION FOR OTHERS

WE BUILD - WE FIGHT FOR PEACE WITH FREEDOM"

Seabee Memorial, Arlington, VA

For a complete history of the Seabees, click HERE or go to thee Naval History web site.

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You could say I owe my very being to the Seabees. While in Davisville between deployments my dad met my mom in the USO canteen.She was from Pawtucket. After shipping out to The Phillippines they carried on a long distance relationship through the mail. I still have many of the letters. The war ended, they got married and settled back in Philadelphia. Then my two brothers and I came along. I'm the only one left.

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While it's always nice to thank a vet, and I always appreciate the thought, Memorial Day is for those American patriots who did not return home to watch the parade.

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My dad served in the Isam province in India from '43-'45 as an MP. His brother joined the Marines in '41 and served in the Pacific as a gunner on a Marine dive bomber. Their father served in France during World War 1 and died at age 45 from complications of being gassed. His grandfather served the Union during the Civil War in the Shenendoah Valley area and suffered the rest of his life from medical problems from bad food and water and prolonged exposure to the elements. It took me a long time before I could appreciate their sacrifices that helped give me and my family the freedom we have now. I just missed Vietnam and always will regret not having served our country. Hats off to those who have!

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My father did not see active combat in WWII, but flew many training missions & exercises in the Army Air Corps.

My mom's younger brother, who I never met, lost his life in the Battle of the Bulge. He was an automobile and motorcycle enthusiast, and sounded like a great guy.

Enduring gratitude to all Veterans, both living and deceased.

We were pleased to help pay Memorial Day tribute through attending parades & ceremonies in Branford, CT, and Stony Creek village this past Monday. A couple of pictures from the day appear below:

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